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Mary H.

Van Nuys, CA

$70/hr

Learning can be a fun way to acquire new skills!

Background check passed as of 9/16/13
Usually responds in about 6 hours

Learning can be a fun way to acquire new skills!

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My name is Mary and I am a certificated teacher who has a master's in education. I have been teaching for 35 years and have been tutoring for 25 years. I have taught all grade levels, but have taught K-6 specifically in the LAUSD school system. I have been a resource specialist teacher and have worked for the past 22 years with students with learning disabilities. I have also worked with the gifted program in many of my schools and have taught a gifted program. I have worked with students with severe emotional problems and with autistic student. So, as you can see, I have worked with a wide range of students.

I am dedicated to fostering a desire to learn in each of my students. I believe each child has a special talent that makes him or her unique from everyone else. These special talents make us who we are and can help us learn and grow as individuals. I believe in creativity when teaching. Each student is unique in his or her learning styles and needs individualized lessons to help them access the curriculum. I also believe learning can be fun and incorporate play, games, and challenges in my teaching.

I begin by taking students where they are and slowly reinforce their abilities. At the same time, I begin to increase the skill levels so that mastery comes smoothly and automatically. Learning can be challenging and difficult at times, but so can learning to ride a bike or how to swim. With encouragement, patience and practice all students can achieve their goals and learn to be independent learners.

Testimonials

"Sweet and Patient"

- Keren, Sherman Oaks, CA on 10/1/14

"Flexible and Very Kind"

- Jeanne, Los Angeles, CA on 6/2/14
Math:
Prealgebra
English:
English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading,
Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
Biology
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics,
Reading,
Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Dyslexia,
Phonics
Homeschool:
Biology, Elementary (K-6th),
English, Prealgebra, Reading,
Writing
Corporate Training:
Grammar, Proofreading

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Dyslexia

I have my Learning Disabilities Certificate and it is current. I have worked the Renee Herman Program for reading dyslexia. I have worked in the LAUSD school system as a resource specialist teacher and have worked with students with dyslexia. I have done research on dyslexia (although years ago) and written papers for school on dyslexia. For students with dyslexia, I always provide a card with the
correct directions of the letters and numbers they have difficulty with on their desks and on the board for reference. I quietly correct them when they make reversal mistakes and do not count it against them when they reverse during tests. I usually just ask them to spell the word out loud or ask them what letter it is the wanted to write. I use a very non-invasive approach.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have my teaching credential that qualifies me to teach students from K to 12 grade. I also have a Masters in Education. I have been teaching for 35 years and tutoring for more that 25 years. I am well versed in many kinds of curriculum. I have taught reading, writing, spelling, math, science, social studies, P.E., elementary art and music, and ESL. I have taught students with learning challenges for more than 25 years.

Phonics

I have taught phonics for the past 35 years. In the last 2 years I taught at a Primary Center with students from grade K-3. There has been a great emphasis on teaching phonics in the past 15-20 years. Numerous programs have been adopted by schools requiring teachers to spend large quantities of time teaching phonics. I have been required to teach students phonemic segmentation, nonsense word decoding, blending, vowel and consonant digraphs, etc. All of this have given me ample practice teaching student phonics.

Reading

I have a Masters in Education, a Learning Disabilities Certificate, and a Resource Specialist Certificate.
I have also developed a website for a reading program I designed.

California Polytechnic University, Pomona
Liberal Arts
California Polytechnic University, Pomona
MEd

Education

California Polytechnic University, Pomona (Liberal Arts)

California Polytechnic University, Pomona (MEd)

Sweet and Patient — We're very happy with Mary. My daughter looks forward to her tutoring session each week. Mary is kind, sweet and patient. She truly enjoys working with children and I feel that she has done a lot for my daughter's confidence just in the short time we've been working with her. ...

— Keren, Sherman Oaks, CA on 10/1/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $70.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

Mary will travel within 15 miles of Van Nuys, CA 91406.


About Mary

My name is Mary and I am a certificated teacher who has a master's in education. I have been teaching for 35 years and have been tutoring for 25 years. I have taught all grade levels, but have taught K-6 specifically in the LAUSD school system. I have been a resource specialist teacher and have worked for the past 22 years with students with learning disabilities. I have also worked with the gifted program in many of my schools and have taught a gifted program. I have worked with students with severe emotional problems and with autistic student. So, as you can see, I have worked with a wide range of students.

I am dedicated to fostering a desire to learn in each of my students. I believe each child has a special talent that makes him or her unique from everyone else. These special talents make us who we are and can help us learn and grow as individuals. I believe in creativity when teaching. Each student is unique in his or her learning styles and needs individualized lessons to help them access the curriculum. I also believe learning can be fun and incorporate play, games, and challenges in my teaching.

I begin by taking students where they are and slowly reinforce their abilities. At the same time, I begin to increase the skill levels so that mastery comes smoothly and automatically. Learning can be challenging and difficult at times, but so can learning to ride a bike or how to swim. With encouragement, patience and practice all students can achieve their goals and learn to be independent learners.

Testimonials

"Sweet and Patient"

- Keren, Sherman Oaks, CA on 10/1/14

"Flexible and Very Kind"

- Jeanne, Los Angeles, CA on 6/2/14

Education

California Polytechnic University, Pomona
Liberal Arts
California Polytechnic University, Pomona
MEd

Education

California Polytechnic University, Pomona (Liberal Arts)

California Polytechnic University, Pomona (MEd)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
12 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Van Nuys, CA 91406

Mary’s Subjects

Math:
Prealgebra
English:
English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading,
Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
Biology
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics,
Reading,
Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Dyslexia,
Phonics
Homeschool:
Biology, Elementary (K-6th),
English, Prealgebra, Reading,
Writing
Corporate Training:
Grammar, Proofreading

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


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